The Other Stars Stream New Album – The Day We Met – Ahead Of Release And Band’s (Permanent?) Hiatus
I was quite fond of The Other Stars’ debut album We Were Kids – released last year via Take This To Heart Records – and was looking forward to future releases from this Worcester, MA foursome. The news of the release today of the band’s upcoming album The Day We Met – out April 28th also via Take This To Heart – is bittersweet, as front-man Connor Bird announced just a couple of weeks ago that band would be closing up shop.
A post on the band’s Facebook page explains the decision: “It stopped being fun or enjoyable, and when those are the reasons that you’re writing and playing music, it loses its purpose. It was a mutual agreement between everyone and there are no hard feelings and life will surely go on”.
Bird goes on to say that this decision was also made in part to his own struggles with mental health issues, and he has actually started his own nonprofit organization to help people struggling with their own issues called, the Organization for the Pursuit of Happiness.
While this decision couldn’t have been an easy one to make for Bird and Co., you have to support their desires to do what is best for the band. And for Bird himself, I think what he’s doing is very honorable and I wish him all the best with this new organization and all his – and the rest of the band’s – musical ventures.
But! Let’s not forget about this new album after all. What makes this news so, so much more bittersweet is how good this album is. About last year’s release I wrote the following: “Worcester, MA-based indie quartet The Other Stars have an impressive debut on their hands with the release of We Were Kids. The album is quick-moving and well-layered, sharing sonic similarities with modern bands like The Front Bottoms as well as late ’90s/early ’00s alternative bands like Piebald and Midtown.”
The Day We Met picks up where they left off with a deeper, more mature sound; leaving a fitting end-note on the band’s discography. You can check out the album for yourself below, and maybe think about picking up a copy later this month – after all, the label will be donating 10% of all album sales to Bird’s organization; a truly classy move by Joe Urban and the Take This To Heart family.
Farewell, The Other Stars. You will be missed.